Best Buy CEO: VR Won’t Be Huge Factor For It This Year

By Jeff Berman Virtual reality (VR) may contribute to Best Buy’s growth in the future, but the retailer doesn’t expect the nascent technology to play major role in its performance this year, according to comments made by Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly Aug. 23, on the company’s... More

Microsoft Buys Genee in Latest Move to Expand AI Initiatives

In the latest move by Microsoft to expand its artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives, the company announced Aug. 22 that it signed a deal to buy Genee, a Mountain View, Calif.-startup that runs an AI-powered scheduling service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Microsoft... More

Quantum Exec: Pace of Change is Biggest Challenge Facing Content Producers

The pace of change in TV technology “has been accelerating” faster than ever in recent years, which represents the biggest single challenge facing content producers today, according to Dave Frederick, senior director of media and entertainment at content workflow service prov... More

MESA Europe/BASE Entertainment Summit set for London on September 7

MESA Europe, in partnership with BASE (British Association of Screen Entertainment), is hosting the Entertainment Summit in Central London on September 7, combining MESA Europe’s highly successful THE Summit with the BASE Category Showcase event. Many high profile speakers from... More

My Eye Media: Keeping QC Pace in an Evolving M&E World

For a dozen years now, there’s been a company in Burbank, Calif. that Hollywood’s biggest companies have trusted with everything from disc to digital, from 4K to high dynamic range (HDR). My Eye Media handles quality assurance, technical analysis and testing of digital con... More

CBS COO: Company’s Open To New ‘Skinny’ Bundles, M&As… If They Make Sense

CBS remains open to making its networks part of new “skinny,” over-the-top (OTT) bundles, as long as the “terms and conditions” make sense for the company, according to CBS COO Joseph Ianniello. There’s “a lot of talk about new entrants coming in” to the “skinn... More

M&E Journal: How Entertainment Will Be Altered by Immersive, New Consumer Experiences

By Bob Eicholz, CTO Production Services, and Gaël Seydoux, R&I Lab Director, Technicolor The interest, energy and excitement currently building up around entertainment experiences based on virtual and augmented reality (VR/ AR) is now palpable throughout the industry. Content... More

ZOO Digital and Honeycomb Partner for New TV Ads Subtitling Service

ZOO Digital has announced a strategic partnership and full integration with Honeycomb TV, offering a faster and more cost-effective subtitling service to the TV advertising industry. ZOO’s innovative cloud technology provides a highly efficient way of producing compliant subtit... More

Pandora’s Paschel: Company Working on Deals for New On-Demand Service

Pandora is still working as fast as it can to complete deals with music labels — especially the major three labels — before it can launch its planned on-demand subscription music service that will compete with rivals including Spotify, according to Dominic Paschel, Pandora VP... More

HPE Looks to Lower Cost of High-End Storage Capabilities

Enterprise storage capabilities including hybrid flash are becoming increasingly popular, but their relatively high pricing can put them out of reach for many small and midsized businesses (SMBs). Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), however, is out to make it easier for such busine... More